Thursday, April 28, 2011

FullCircle Project Fundraiser for Peru

Posted By on April 28, 2011, 11:30 AM

After the Bíobío region of Peru was hit with a massive earthquake in 2010, Matt Philippi decided he had to help. This help came in the form of The FullCircle Project, which is holding a fundraiser May 1 at Hog Wallow to raise money for a second trip to Peru.---

The FullCircle Project is a group of local professional skiers, cinematographers and photographers dedicated to helping mountain communities in need. Last year, FullCircle built a kindergarten and playground for children displaced by the earthquake. This year, they plan to plant 1,000 fruit-bearing Sambucus Nigra trees in the Urubamba Province near Cuzco.

“The 2010 FullCircle Project arose from my motivation to give back to the amazing places I have had the privilege to visit during my professional skiing career,” Philippi wrote on FullCircle’s blog. The 2011 project built on those links to connect to the indigenous Maras community, who the trees will benefit.

Door charge at Hog Wallow will be $10, all of which will go directly to The FullCircle Project. Live music will be provided by local reggae outfit Herban Empire, with DJs Caleb Braley and Josh Sincerbeaux spinning tunes to round out the evening. As part of the benefit, a raffle will be held with prizes from Black Diamond, Rossignol, the Montage Hotel at Deer Valley and others. Money raised at the fundraiser will help FullCircle buy trees, tools and irrigation supplies as well as donate to local farmers. A small amount will help the volunteers pay for room and board.

The 1,000 Sambucus Nigra trees The FullCircle Project hopes to plant will benefit both the community and the environment in which it lives. The tree has holistic medicinal qualities and the fruit can be used to make marmalades and sauces, which can then be sold to create income for the community. Environmentally, the tree roots help fight erosion and contribute to a healthier overall ecosystem.

Come to the Hog Wallow May 1 to learn more about the FullCircle Project and to help one mountain community help another.

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